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Jun 15, 2017

Emory / Goizueta MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of the Emory University’s Goizueta MBA essay topics for 2017-2018, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants on how to approach these prompts. As with last year, this year’s essay section comprises four required responses, with a continued focus on career goals, leadership experiences,... Read more »

Jun 13, 2017

Michigan / Ross MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the announcement of the Michigan / Ross MBA essay topics for the 2017-2018 admissions season, we wanted to offer some thoughts about how prospective members of the Class of 2020 might approach this application. In her admissions director blog, Soojin Kwon announced a new format to the Ross application’s essay... Read more »

Jun 6, 2017

UCLA Anderson MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the release of the 2017-2018 UCLA Anderson MBA essays, we wanted to offer some guidance for applicants targeting the University of California, Los Angeles for their business school studies. Anderson MBA essay section is identical to last season’s: first-time applicants are required to respond to one 750-word response and... Read more »

Jun 5, 2017

Defining Your Post-MBA Career Goals

Though essay prompts tend to vary year to year, the two things that nearly every prospective student can count on being asked are “What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals?” and “How will Business School X help you achieve these goals?” And, even though many schools have now opted to... Read more »

Jun 4, 2017

Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Questions 2017-2018

The UC Berkeley MBA admissions committee has announced the Haas essay topics for applicants targeting the Class of 2020. Haas MBA applicants will respond to three brief required essays of no more than 250 words (each). The Haas admissions website notes that the adcom seeks “candidates from a broad range of industries,... Read more »

May 18, 2017

Harvard Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its MBA essay question for the 2017-2018 application season. For the second year running, HBS asks applicants to expand on their overall application. The school is also maintaining its post-interview reflection, which will require those who reach the interview stage to submit... Read more »

May 16, 2017

Yale School of Management MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

We continue with our Essay Topic Analysis, as Yale SOM announced their MBA essay question for 2017-2018. For the second year running, Yale MBA hopefuls are required to respond to a 500-word essay about their biggest commitment.  Last year, Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico commented that the Yale MBA adcom developed this... Read more »

May 12, 2017

Columbia Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the recent announcement of the 2017-2018 Columbia Business School essay questions, this season’s Essay Topic Analysis series is officially underway. Compared to last year, the adcom has trimmed the word limits and separated the prompts regarding one’s goals and interests in the Columbia MBA. Instead of giving applicants a range... Read more »

Jan 2, 2017

Admissions Tip: Essay Polishing

Over the last few weeks we’ve offered up a slew of admissions tips and strategies for R2 applicants. Now, as the vast majority of R2 deadlines are now just a matter of days – if not hours – away, we’re offering up one final R2 tip that is geared towards... Read more »

Dec 26, 2016

MBA Admissions Round 2 Deadlines: The Moment of Truth

Over the last couple of weeks we published a series of MBA admissions tips for Round 2 application deadlines. Today, as a little holiday offering for our readers, we’ve conveniently gathered those tips into one tidy post, to help keep you organized. This next week, between Christmas and New Year,... Read more »

Dec 20, 2016

Essay Topic Analyses for Round 2 Deadlines at Your Fingertips

For those of you targeting Round 2, it’s time to get to work. With Round 2 deadlines for a whopping the majority of business schools converging in the first and second weeks of January, having a well-thought-out game plan is critical to successfully navigating the busy holiday season (and staying sane!).... Read more »

Dec 7, 2016

MBA Admissions Mashup: Admissions Tips, Exchanges, and Women in Business

Welcome back! Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. And, today we’re sharing insights from women-focused conferences and networking dinners, advice from Booth and HBS for Round 2 applicants, and a look at educational opportunities abroad. First for... Read more »

Nov 30, 2016

MBA Admissions Mashup: Essay Advice & Internships

Welcome back! Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we see essay tips for folks applying in an upcoming round as well as a look at one MBA’s summer internship experience in Seattle. As folks are... Read more »

Nov 14, 2016

OSU / Fisher Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on the 2016-2017 OSU / Fisher essay topics, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants. Let’s take a closer look at each essay. Essay 1 Why do you wish to earn an MBA? Why do you wish to earn an MBA from The Fisher College of Business? How... Read more »

Oct 21, 2016

Vanderbilt / Owen Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on the 2016-2017 essay topics for the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, we wanted to offer our Owen MBA Essay Topic Analysis for the Class of 2019 hopefuls. Let’s take a closer look at each prompt.   2016-2017 Vanderbilt / Owen MBA Essay Topic Analysis  Essay 1:... Read more »

Oct 15, 2016

SMU Cox Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

With the release of the 2016-2017 SMU Cox essay topics, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants. This year, SMU Cox again asks MBA applicants for a typical career goals essay as well as for further reflections on leadership. Meanwhile, Masters of Arts dual degree candidates have to compose an... Read more »

Oct 11, 2016

Rice / Jones Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

With the announcement of the Rice MBA essay topics for the 2016-2017 admissions season, we wanted to offer our Essay Topic Analysis for the Class of 2019. Let’s take a closer look at each prompt: Essay 1: Describe your short-term and long-term goals, and how the MBA will help you to... Read more »

Oct 10, 2016

USC / Marshall Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

With the announcement of USC / Marshall 2016-2017 essay topics, we wanted to offer our Essay Topic Analysis for the Class of 2019 MBA hopefuls. Let’s take a closer look at each prompt: Essay 1: What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA? Please include... Read more »

Oct 8, 2016

Washington / Foster MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on the University of Washington / Foster MBA essay topics for 2016-2017, we wanted to offer our Essay Topic Analysis for the MBA class. Let’s take a closer look at each prompt: Essay 1 Post-MBA Plans – Tell us your ideas about what lies ahead for you in your... Read more »

Oct 3, 2016

Admissions Tip: Word Limits and Character Counts

MBA candidates naturally have a good deal of information they want – and need – to convey in their materials, and getting the important ideas down under restrictive word counts is a difficult task.  While it might be tempting to run a bit beyond the guidelines to slip in that... Read more »

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